The beauty of following the Art DeTour signs during Knoxville’s Dogwood Arts Festival is that you never know what you’ll see next. Or who you’ll meet. Or what you’ll learn. And that’s the joy of the hunt for us.
The Studio at White Fox Beads
First stop after seeing the work of Melanie Wood (Click here for post on that visit), we followed the sign into The Studio at White Fox Beads. Owner Gail DeLuca proudly toured us through the large open studio on Homberg Drive where artists frequently gather, work, and collaborate — or seek advice as needed. It was a place for advanced beading (if there is such a term), evidenced by the quality of work on display.
Once you see finished products like this intricate necklace, you understand the quality of this art — and know that this is not where beginners begin.
While we wandered around the studio, a friend of Gail’s, Judi Talley of Dancing Fox Designs, remained focused on one tiny element of one tiny silver ring. So focused, in fact, that she was able to shape a bit of the ornamentation on the ring while answering our most basic questions concerning types of metal, tools of the trade, time devoted to the process, etc. (And yes, she’s wearing two pairs of glasses. All the better to see, my dear.)
A quick look around assured us that this was no place for novices, but you wouldn’t know it from the welcoming and genuinely helpful comments by both jewelry enthusiasts. We felt comfortable there. And we left with the feeling that if you wanted support with gemstones, metal, found objects, or glass beads, you’d find it here.
Around the corner, Shannon Davis opened the doors to Davis Studio, a place we’ve passed hundreds of times but had never visited. According to the Dogwood Arts brochure, three women contribute to the art sold at the studio: Shannon Davis and Cynthia Tipton specialize in oil and watercolor, and Cindy Marshall does off-loom, beadwoven jewelry.
In addition to showcasing the art of these three artists, Davis Studio represents numerous other area artists (listed on the website). Other services include calligraphy, custom framing, and art classes for adults and children.
Cynthia Tipton‘s beaded cupcake design (now reproduced on cards) brought out her humor as she added this tidbit onto the paper strip inserted at the top: You will suffer from extravagance.
When we left Davis Studio, Cynthia Tipton had taken a seat under the tent where she would eventually demonstrate her craft for festival goers. I’m waiting for a friend to deliver a five-foot canvas that I’m going to work on today, she said. Too bad we couldn’t get back to catch that action!
For more information on these two studios and the classes they offer, check out the locations and websites below.
Davis Studio, 315 Mohican Street, Suite 2, Knoxville, TN 37919; 865-584-1219; www.davisstudioart.com
White Fox Beads, 5111 Homberg Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919; 865-980-0237; www.whitefoxbeads.com
For more information on Dogwood Art DeTour, click here.
For all the posts on Dogwood Arts Festival 2015, click here.